Vancouver Island: Naturally Wild West Victoria, Ucluelet, and Tofino

Vancouver Island is a 1.5 hour ferry ride away from the mainland. Not very far away but we imagined it would be totally different from southern British Columbia, which is densely populated and very different from central BC. But no, the area around Victoria is just as populated and traffic just as heavy. Victoria Victoria…

León: Smoking Mountains Nicaragua

The Lonely Planet says, “Many people fall in love with Granada, but most of them leave their heart in León”, and I agree with the travel guide. Granada Granada is lovely, the old colonial buildings have been beautifully restored, there are lots of art galleries, handicrafts shops, and stylish restaurants. The central plaza is green…

Salta la Linda Argentina

Salta is not only miles away but also worlds apart from Patagonia. It’s a lively, bustling city surrounded by green hills, it has beautiful old buildings (though not all of them in good condition), impressive churches and a big central plaza where cultural events such as music and traditional dance take place. . A lively…

Stuck in Río Gallegos

Due to some bad planning and a lot of things being closed on Christmas, from Puerto Madryn we went directly to Río Gallegos from where a few days later we’d take the bus to Ushuaia. Río Gallegos is a small town (albeit the capital of Santa Cruz province) that doesn’t hold a lot of attractions…

Colonia del Sacramento

The matress in the Hostel Colonial in Colonia del Sacramento was as bad as they said in the reviews but otherwise it’s a great place to stay and we had a wonderful time in beautiful Colonia. If you’re hungry, don’t eat at the first place you find along the main road – go to the old…

Strolling through Buenos Aires

I really like Buenos Aires: people are friendly, the weather is nice and the food is good (something I consider very important). Today we walked until our feet hurt but we’ve seen quite a bit of the city (and ate a delicious Argentinan steak) so it was really worth it. Getting information on bus routes and…

First stop: Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, 8 a.m. The city is slowly waking up. We are waiting in front of the hotel (check-in time is at 12..) and eating delicious empanadas. The first two days we spend in Buenos Aires are holidays so we get a completely wrong first impression of Argentina’s capital city: almost no traffic, few people on…